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Monthly update: January 2019

Monthly update, January 2019


The end of 2018 was a very busy time for the Museum.

Richard Vernon, bass guitarist of the 'The Mission' rock band, gave a talk on his experiences of life 'on the road'. He was raised on Anglesey and he bought a bass guitar for himself with money which had been saved for something else. He joined the musical world by accident almost and has travelled to many different countries during his career. He described world tours which lasted 80 days without a break, and life on the customised coaches which were made to make life more bearable. He talked about the loneliness and depression that many musicians suffer from and the need then to rise to the occasion and perform for new audiences. The picture shows 'Rich' performing in 2016.








On the Curator's Evening, David Crawford spoke about the inventor Thomas Edison, 'The Man who almost invented radio'. When Edison was working on a project to improve the telegraph system for the Western Union company in USA, he noticed that sparks appeared in a section of the equipment where he did not expect that to happen. In 1875, without much evidence, he announced in the New York Times that he had discovered a new force which he named 'The Etheric force' - the newspaper can be seen in our Museum. The claims were rejected by the scientific establishment at the time, but this gave the Welshman David Edward Hughes an opportunity to experiment further for two years. Later, Heinrich Hertz proved that Edison and David Edward Hughes's claims were correct. This 'new' force which had been discovered was high frequency radio waves. Amongst the many other things that Edison invented was a ship to shore radio system, which he sold to Marconi's later.


Thanks to everyone who supported our Christmas Coffee Morning in conjunction with Vale of Clwyd Mind and the Soroptimists. We raised over £400 between us.






Everyone is welcome to our next lectures which are held at the Museum on Fridays at 7 o'clock.
January 18th, Dr. Selwyn Williams talking on 'Community Digital Radio.
February 15th, Tony Vine talking on 'Geography, Geology and Gemstones'.
March 15th, Speakers from StudioMADE will present the David Edward Hughes Annual Lecture and speak on 'Art, Science and Technology'.
April 5th, Christopher Lees talking on "Heading for the City - following the story of a Wireless Operator and a German WW1 Cruiser".


In addition, there will be a Film Night at Theatr Twm o'r Nant on January 26th and a Quiz Evening at the Museum on January 31st.




Museum Events 2018 - 2019




Friday 21st September  7pm - 9pm   "Your Ring-The Human Cost". Speaker: John Clark




Friday 19th October      7pm - 9pm  "New Medicines and the NHS": Speaker: Professor Dyfrig Hughes



Friday 16th November   7pm - 9pm “In the Recording Studio”. Speaker: Richard Vernon



Friday 30th November  7pm - 9pm : Curators Evening:

"Thomas Edison: The Man who nearly invented Radio": Speaker David Crawford






JANUARY 2019  

Friday 18th January  7pm - 9pm "Community Digital Radio":  Speaker  Selwyn Williams




Friday February 15th  7pm - 9pm : "Geography, Geology and Gemstones":  Speaker Tony Vine



MARCH 2019

Friday March 15th  7pm - 9pm "David Edward Hughes Annual Lecture": "MADE Studio: Carriageworks Denbigh : Art in Science and Technology". Speakers: Studio Artists



APRIL 2019

Friday 5th April  7pm - 9pm: "Heading for the City : Following the story of a Wireless Operator and a German WW1 Cruiser": Speaker: Christopher Lees



MAY 2019

Friday 17th May  7pm - 9pm : "The Editing and Manipulation of Photography": Speaker: Sue Clark



JUNE 2019

Friday 21st June 7pm - 9pm: "The Welsh in Liverpool":  Speaker : Mike Farnworth




Monthly Update, December 2018

Monthly Update, December 2018




It was good to be able to invite Professor Dyfrig Hughes to the Museum once again. His subject this time was 'New Medications and the National Health Service' and he began by talking about the improvements in medications which have occurred since the Second World War. People suffering from cancer, heart disease, lung disorders and HIV are able to live longer. He showed how successful the flu vaccine had been, with a significant reduction in the number of victims since the early 90's. The National Health Service spent £20 billion last year on medications, which is a significant part of the year's expenditure. When considering new medications, therefore, the authorities must choose which ones to market and decide on the cost - some are too expensive to buy. In Wales, the emphasis currently is on disease prevention, which is the reason for providing free prescriptions for everyone.



We had a musical evening recently at Theatr Twm o'r Nant, when the Huw Warren Jazz Trio came to entertain the audience. This evening was a part of the Arts Council of Wales scheme, 'Staging Entertainment in your Community', and we thank them for their support, along with Denbighshire County Council, the Carriageworks and Menter Iaith Dinbych. An evening of wonder at the talent and skills of some of our national musicians!



We have made contact with the 'Internal Fire Museum of Power' at Tanygroes, Ceredigion. This is the only accredited Museum which exists to record the history of the internal combustion engine, and the volunteers there have managed to get many of the machines to work. In the collection there are several maritime radios used to connect ships to the shore, to navigate and to locate other active radio stations. They also have one of four diesel generators from the BBC Moorside Edge Station, near Huddersfield, which was used when there was a cut in electricity supply, a Strowder telephone exchange and an interesting collection of valves.



We look forward to our next events:

January 18th, 7.00 p.m. Dr. Selwyn Williams will talk on 'Community Digital Radio'.

January 25th, a Film Night at Theatr Twm o'r Nant, to raise money for the Museum.

February 15th, 7.00 p.m., Tony Vine will talk on 'Geography, Geology and Gemstones'.

March 15th, 7.00 p.m., Speakers from StudioMADE will present the David Edward Hughes Annual Lecture and talk on 'Art, Science and Technology'.

A Quiz Evening to be arranged.



Everyone is warmly welcomed to all the events.

Monthly update, November 2018

Monthly update, November 2018

The highlight of the month's events was the Celebration Week for Wireless in Wales's Tenth Anniversary and Popeth Cymraeg's Thirtieth Anniversary. Thanks to everyone who supported us during the week, and who have supported us since the beginning in 2008! 
Among the other events we had another successful Quiz Evening under Martyn's direction and the busiest weekend ever during Denbigh Open Doors. People enjoyed touring the exhibits and listening to the 'Voigt Corner Horn', while others experimented with Encaustic Art. The Radio Amateurs succeeded in contacting other Amateurs in New York and Eastern Europe.




John Clark returned to us to continue his talk about his interest in jewellery. His topic this time was Gold and we were given an insight into how gold was extracted from the earth over the centuries and how it was used. He talked about the Dolau Cothi mines in Carmarthenshire and about an area in Spain where the Romans excavated for gold on a massive scale. He explained how gold was used as coins in the sixth century BC and the problems associated with this as people cut off pieces and kept them.



He particularly referred to the Mold Gold Cape from 1900-1600 BC, in the Bronze Age

which was discovered near Mold in 1833. It may have been part of a ceremonial costume.

We have received two exhibits recently - which caused quite a stir at the Museum! Pictured are two ladies from Lostock Hall, near Preston, presenting an Osram Music Magnet 4 Radio from 1929, containing four valves, and Gecophone Corner Horn to David. The radio was owned originally by a relative of the ladies, Thomas Halliday who was a very enthusiastic Radio Amateur. It is hoped that the radio can be repaired.
The second donation to the Museum was an Ediswan Radiophone, for sale in 1925 for £27. Thanks to Ann and Ifor John for transporting it from Cardiff.



A warm welcome to everyone to our next events:

November 16th, Richard Vernon talking on "In the Recording Studio", at 19.00.

November 30th, Curator's Evening, David Crawford talking about "Thomas Edison: The Man who Almost Invented Radio" at 19.00.

December 1st, 10.00-12.00, a Christmas Coffee Morning at Eirianfa, in association with Vale of Clwyd Mind and the Soroptimists.





The museum organises regular monthly talks in English or Bilingual.  We also organise several talks in Welsh annually. The talks are usually on a Friday and start at 7pm. Upcoming Events are listed below with the talks emphasized.







































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The 2 year project to develop our learning provision came to an end in April 2013.  It was funded by the Heritage Lotetry Fund and enabled us to have 3 part time members of staff to develop learning resources, improve learning displays, organise events, visits to the museum etc.  Further details available by clicking on Projects in the main menu above or by clicking here.Lottery Logo